Can mechanical ventilation aid lung cancer patients?

No. It is not a cancer treatment. Occasionally it may be needed during lung cancer treatment (as in some cases after lung resection) but it is a supportive treatment.
Not really. Mechanical ventilation is to assist patients whose lungs are so sick they can't breathe adequately on their own. There is no advantage from a lung cancer perspective to be on a ventilator.
Depends. If they have just had surgery or have a treatable pneumonia, yes. If they have respiratory failure from the cancer, it is simply prolonging the dying process.

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How many patients under 18 have had smoke related lung cancer?

I have never. (past 40 years) heard of a case......which does NOT mean that smoking is VERY dangerous at 18 as well as any age!

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Is coffee bad for lung cancer patient?

No. There is no evidence that coffee is bad for lung cancer patients. However, please bear in mind that coffee is a natural diuretic (make people urinate more often). If you have advanced disease and side effects from treatments, drinking a lot of coffee may lead to frequent urination and loss of water and dehyration and it may worsen tiredness, fatigue and poor energy. It may also affect your sleep. Read more...

How can a lung cancer metastatic to brain patient feels?

Variable. Depends on cell type, location, stage, time of origin, and metastatic activity from nothing noticed at all in early stage to the worst possible misery and pain and breathlessness! and headaches can be miserable. Weight loss , cachexia, cough, bleeding, drowning in sputum, are all possibles. With spread, bone pain anywhere and paralysis can occur. Do not smoke! Read more...

What are the major cases of hemoptysis found in lung cancer patients?

Can happen. It can happen when the cancer-usually located on the central area- erroded/invaded major blood vessel-massive hemoptysis can happen. The bleeding can be even more if patient is also getting an anti vegf inhibitor- like avastin (bevacizumab). Read more...
Lung CA and Bleeding. I have to assume this is prior to diagnosis and treatment?Lung cancer is much like an open sore that won't heal.At times when you cough the scab loosens and the area bleeds resulting in hemoptysis.During treatment bleeding can be from tissues that are raw, and after treatment it can be related to spider veins that are more fragile. These can crack and bleed. Read more...
Can be. A symptom of lung cancer can be hemoptysis, or coughing up blood. This can be the result of a tumor in the bronchus or airway, causing irritation. Read more...
Ulceration. Blood tinges sputum is usually due to ulceration of the cancer affecting the airways. Lung cancer can invade large blood vessels and cause fatal hemoptysis. Read more...

Is it unusual for a lung cancer patient to have surgery with no radiation?

No. Ideally we woul like to do surgery on lung cancer which means the cancer was resectable. In these cases the disease will be early stage and not require further therapy. Read more...
Depends on stage. Early stage lung cancer (stage i and ii) the standard therapy for the physically fit patient is upfront surgery. If there is cancer found in the lymph nodes after the operation, than adjuvant chemotherapy may be indicated (adjuvant = after surgery). If all of the tumor was removed, radiation is not generally required. Read more...

What does it mean if oxygen saturation level is low in a lung cancer patient?

It depends on the de. It means there is less than normal oxygen level in the blood. If the lungs are diseased, oxygen transfer from the breathed air to the blood is impaired. Normally o2 saturation is between 95% to 100%. Anything lower than 90% saturation requires oxygen supplementation. Read more...
Several. Pneumonia and shunting. Fluid in chest. Air leak and pneumo. Diffuse metastasis. Frequently also superimposed on emphysema from smoking. Read more...

Is daily drinking of large amounts of carrot juice harmful to patients with lung cancer? Mixed info out there, some say it is good, others say v bad

"Diet and cancer" There are some old epidemiologic studies on vitamin A / carotenoids in the diet and risk of squamous lung cancer. Some found the more carrots, the less lung cancer. Others fond the more carrots, the more lung cancer. I'm simplifying, but I'm read to believe these studies are just looking at coufounding variables rather than cause-and-effect and there's no real relationship. Read more...